Albatros W.5

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Albatros W.5
Role Torpedo Bomber
Manufacturer Albatros
First flight July 1916 [1]
Introduction mid 1917 [2]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 5 [2]
Wingspan 22.7 m (74 ft 6 in)[3]
Engine 2×150hp Benz Bz.III inlines
Armament 730 kg (1,600 lb) torpedo and/or 2 MGs [2]
Crew 3
Max Speed 133 km/h (83 mph)[2][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 20:00[2][3]
Endurance 4:00 [2][3]

Starting with the twin-engine Albatros W.3 prototype, large changes were made for the Albatros W.5. Four ailerons were fitted to swept wings and the floats were enlarged. As usual with Albatros, the fuselage was plywood-covered. The five machines supplied to the Navy between May 1917 and January 1918 were probably never used for torpedo bombing and were likely instead used for patrol and training. [2]

They operated from the Baltic and not the more hotly-contested North Sea, since their performance was inferior to the Gotha torpedo-carriers. In the quieter Baltic, they were moderately successful.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Albatros W.5.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nowarra, p.66.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gray, p.276.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nowarra, pp.204-205.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070